Lawmaker fined about $4,000 for insult

Lawmaker fined about $4,000 for insult

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British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage listens to the statement of the new elected president of European Parliament, Martin Schulz (S&D, DE) following his election to the presidency on January 17, 2012 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. AFP PHOTO/GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

(AP) — How much does it cost to tell the one of the EU's top officials he has "the charisma of a damp rag?" About €3,000, or close to $4,000, as a European member of Parliament has discovered.

In 2010, Nigel Farage, an anti-European Union member of the EU Parliament, rose following a speech by Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. As Van Rompuy listened, Farage, a Briton, added that the former Belgian prime minister came from "pretty much a non-country."

The Parliament docked Farage €2,980 — 10 days' expenses. Farage appealed to the European Court of Justice. It ruled this month that he filed his appeal too late and would also have to pay Parliament's legal expenses.

The decision was posted on the court's website on Monday.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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